Yellow Fever By joey Rosen What is yellow Fever? Yellow fever is a virus that affects the liver and kidneys, this causes fever and jaundice ( a medical condition that makes the skin or the white in the eyes turn yellow). It is carried by a specific type of mosquito the Aedes or Haemagogus mosquito. How can we prevent it? You can prevent Yellow fever by using insect repellant and other methods to repel mosquitos. There is also a vaccine that can prevent you from Yellow Fever for 10 years. How does it affect us? Some of the symptoms of Yellow Fever are severe headaches, back pain, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and weakness. In severe cases someone may develop high fever, jaundice ( the yellow eyes I talked about) and eventually organ failure. Where is it usually located? Yellow Fever is usually located in tropical areas, occasionally it finds a way to get to there countries like infecting someone who's flying to China. What is the cure? There is currently no cure for yellow fever, if someone has been infected the only thing he/she can do is wait for the body to kill the virus. Other than that there is a vaccine that can prevent Yellow Fever for 10 years. Interesting Facts It was also called the Yellow Jack or Black vomit. The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice. Aedes aegypti is an early morning or late afternoon biter but will also bite at night under sufficient lighting. Bibliography CDC. "Frequently Asked Questions about Yellow Fever." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Dec. 2011. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/qa/>. "Fun Facts - Yellow Fever." Yellow Fever. Weebly, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://yellowfeverfun.weebly.com/fun-facts.html>. MD, Web. "Yellow Fever: Symptoms and Treatment." WebMD. WebMD, 2005. Web. 07 Dec. 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/a-to-zguides/yellow-fever-symptoms-treatment>. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "CDC- Yellow Fever Transmission." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Dec. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/transmission/index.html>.
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